On Thursday 26th October, Graham Johnson gave a masterclass on behalf of the AESS at the Royal College of Music entitled ‘Night Songs and Serenades.’ Singers and accompanists came from Trinity College of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire. Graham worked with them for three hours without a break on songs by Britten, Finzi. Armstrong Gibbs, Quilter and Argento. He is of course a walking encyclopedia and gave performers and audience alike many insights into the poetry and music, drawing on his own personal knowledge of Britten and his intimate understanding of the poetry of Auden and Hardy in particular. The AESS is most grateful to have the support of such an involved president.